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21 12, 2014

Review: The Song Between Her Legs by Lance Manion

By | December 21st, 2014|Categories: Comic, Literature & Fiction, Short Stories|Tags: , |1 Comment


song between her legs book coverReviewed by Jessa Larsen

An interesting collection of short stories, The Song Between Her Legs is like the ramblings of a creative genius with ADHD and no filter. It’s truly an ongoing train of thought about the realities of life and experiences. Manion is refreshing, honest, making you snort-giggle here and raise your eyebrows there. He is unapologetic about the human experience and as the sixth published collection, if you’ve enjoyed his past work, you’re sure to love his latest.

I have very mixed feelings about The Song Between Her Legs. I love the bluntness and the fact that the writing gives you the impression that Manion just writes whatever pops into his head. Honestly though, I eventually got a bit exhausted trying to keep up. It just runs on and on and on even though each story is actually

22 11, 2014

Review: Married to the Military by Terry L. Rollins

By | November 22nd, 2014|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Short Stories, Women's Fiction|Tags: , |1 Comment


married to the military book coverReviewed by Alysia George

After reading Married to the Military, a short story collection by Terry L. Rollins, I have a new understanding and appreciation not only for the men and women who serve our country in the United States military, but also for their families – particularly their spouses. Rollins’ book is a compilation of 10 fictional accounts of military wives that read like mini memoirs. They are each so realistic that I checked more than once to ensure that the book really is a work of fiction. A military wife herself, the author’s voice is authentic and absolutely believable. I imagine that throughout her decades as a woman “married to the military”, Rollins likely knew women in real life who closely resemble her characters.

Each of the 10 stories that make up Married to the Military is

22 11, 2014

Review: Marine Park by Mark Chiusano

By | November 22nd, 2014|Categories: Literary, Literature & Fiction, Short Stories|Tags: , |1 Comment


marine park book coverReviewed by Alisha Churbe

Marine Park is a debut short story collection by Mark Chiusano. Chiusano is well-published and his interlinked short story collection follows the stories of two brothers, Jamison (the older) and Lorris (the younger) as they grow up. The stories are told from many different points of view and from different points of time throughout the boys’ lives. A few of the stories focus on only one of the brothers, but all of the stories have a strong tie to the setting of Marine Park. Marine Park is an interesting place that resides too far from Brooklyn to be reached easily, but it still has a feeling of being just on the outer reaches of a city.

I enjoyed the description of the landscape and how its location – both in being close and remote from the city –

4 11, 2014

Review: Tales of Trenzalore

By | November 4th, 2014|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Short Stories|Tags: , , |2 Comments


tales of trenzalore book coverReviewed by Amanda Farmer

If you are a fan of Doctor Who, like I am, then you will love this book of short stories. Tales of Trenzalore picks up with the eleventh doctor, Matt Smith, spending nine hundred years on the planet of Trenzalore in the town of Christmas. He is protecting the town and its people from forces that are set on destroying the Doctor and the town, if necessary. This collection of four short stories goes into more detail than the episode, “The Time of the Doctor”, was able to show viewers.

The four short stories include: “Let It Snow” by Justin Richards, “An Apple a Day” by George Mann, “Strangers in the Outland” by Paul Finch and “The Dreaming” by Mark Morris. These four stories feature creatures who have to improvise ways of getting onto Trenzalore without technology;

30 10, 2014

Blog Tour: Man v. Nature by Diane Cook

By | October 30th, 2014|Categories: Literary, Literature & Fiction, Short Stories|Tags: , |7 Comments


man v. nature book coverPlease join Diane Cook, author of Man V. Nature, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours.

Reviewed by Alisha Churbe

Diane Cook’s debut short story collection is impressive. A collection of twelve rich and textured stories that pushes characters to the brink, leaving them there to observe what happens when left on their own. The majority of the stories have an apocalyptic feel or an end-of-days scenario where the characters try and often fail at ways to remedy their struggles. The stories are governed by nature and often the characters fight the natural world as well as the other characters around them. Themes of karma and fate intersect and overlap throughout.

In the title story, three men, who were childhood friends, embark upon their annual boat trip. They somehow manage to get utterly

14 09, 2014

Review: Fools by Joan Silber

By | September 14th, 2014|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Short Stories|Tags: |2 Comments


05book"Fools" by Joan Silber.Reviewed by Alisha Churbe

Joan Silber’s newest, Fools, is a collection of six short stories.  Silber’s short stories are long stories, rich in character and plot.  Her stories cover large expanses of time (years in some cases).  Her stories are told from the point of view of a single character, many times starting centered on an event, strolling quickly to another time and place and always ending in a different time and place.  The stories illustrate the bulk of the character’s life, showing the importance of certain decisions and actions, showing how the consequences change them.  The stories are encompassing of the character’s life, but they are not so overwhelming that they would be hard to digest.  The shifts are subtle and flow easily.  Though the stories ​are longer than the average, they are concise, not meandering and are well worth the time.


31 08, 2014

Review: Scandalize Me by Caitlin Crews

By | August 31st, 2014|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Romance, Short Stories|Tags: , |0 Comments


18722927Reviewed by Rebecca Donatelli

Ten years ago, Hunter, Austin and Alex became part of something bigger than they could have imagined. Sarah, their friend, committed suicide after many attempts to tell the people around her what was going causing an impact on their lives in many ways. All three men are out to destroy Jason Treffen, philanthropist and advocate of women with a side of bribery and pimping.

Hunter Grant is a has-been sports star with a tarnished image and a bad reputation. He’s stubborn and cocky, arrogant and wealthy, yet charming enough to make Zoe Brook weak in the knees. Over the years Hunter continued to make matters worse for himself to keep his dark secrets hidden from others…until Zoe, who has a secret herself.

Zoe Brook, PR queen bee and tough girl, has an attitude that should destroy anyone in her path. She

27 08, 2014

Blog Tour: Flings by Justin Taylor

By | August 27th, 2014|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Short Stories|Tags: |3 Comments


9780062310156Please join Justin Taylor, author of Flings, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours.

Reviewed by Alisha Churbe

Taylor’s short story collection includes twelve short stories and comes in at just under 250 pages. It’s a larger collection compared to some. The stories are in-depth and focus on relationships between different characters. All of the relationships have extreme ups and downs and Taylor does a wonderful job of exploring every kind of ‘what-if’ scenario he can manage to throw at his characters. Taylor brings his characters to the brink of a decision. There are recent graduates flailing and trying to find what they should do with their lives, a widow who is sorting out being left alone and numerous encounters of couples trying to navigate through life (engagement, other lovers, cross-country moves).

In the title story, “Flings,”

19 08, 2014

Review: The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

By | August 19th, 2014|Categories: Literary, Literature & Fiction, Memoirs, Nonfiction, Short Stories|Tags: , , |1 Comment


1397733525000-TheOppositeOfLoneliness-600Reviewed by Jax Kepple

Marina Keegan died in a car accident right after she graduated from Yale, and The Opposite of Loneliness is a collection of both her fiction and non-fiction writings from her high school and college years. While she was still developing as a writer, she produced some sophisticated stories that explored interesting ideas.

The title comes from the now-viral editorial from the Yale Daily News, where she worked. The gist is that they have so much time ahead of them to change their minds and start something new. A great start to the collection but not so much well-written as relatable. Several times she mentions that “we’re so young” which is like a knife in the stomach. Clearly Keegan loved her time at college, and she was able to benefit from all that Yale had to offer with a post-graduate job at

17 08, 2014

Review: Avenge Me by Maisey Yates

By | August 17th, 2014|Categories: Contemporary, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Short Stories|Tags: , , |1 Comment


18528407Reviewed by Rebecca Donatelli

Ten years ago, Austin, Hunter and Alex became part of something bigger than they could have ever imagined. Sarah, their friend, committed suicide after many attempts to tell the people around her what was going causing an impact on their lives in many ways. Austin Treffen, son to the infamous Jason Treffen, father of good-deeds around New York, has struggled to put the pieces together for years until one day, Katy Michaels rounds the corner and unlocks information needed to put an end to the suffering.

Sarah, Katy’s older sister, along with their brother, Trey, grew up with a less than privileged life. Katy admired Sarah and her strength, the will to attend college and aspire to be something more in life, and will stop at nothing to avenge her sister’s death. After meeting Austen at his father’s Christmas party,